I grew up watching Bob Newhart on television. He bore a resemblance to my father, and his kind ways and unassuming manner would make you think that he was serious, but then he would deliver a line so stunning, that you would fall down on the floor laughing. My father was even like that from time to time, too. So I have a soft spot for the guy.
Reading Newhart’s autobiography was interesting and, as you might expect, humorous. I enjoyed the stories of how he got involved in stand-up comedy, television and movies. The book is not perfectly tight, however. There are many times when Newhart gives you information that doesn’t really tie into anything else, but it seems he just felt like saying it. Nevertheless, reading this book was like sitting down with the man. You’d say “Hi, Bob!”, and before you know you it, you have been conversing for hours, learning his story, hearing his jokes, and enjoying every minute of it.
3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2006